Odyssey in Outer Space - Outline
Our outline serves as the track for our program to run on. We start our year by posting a sign-up sheet in February with various categories for people to check off any areas they would like to help out with. Once people have signed up and the VBS director has started to position people; the outline is given to those writing lessons, teaching crafts, doing music, decorating, running games, making snacks, etc. We let people in charge of these categories have fun and use their gifts and creativity to come up with selections to teach the theme of each day. When people are encouraged to use their talents and make decisions in their area of service, they seem to throw themselves into it more. Some people need more direction than others, so that’s the job of the director - always trying to encourage people to develop their talents within the boundaries of the outline. For example, we have people that are very artistic and head up creating large banners for the sanctuary. They make a banner for every day of the VBS week with the theme for each day on it. They use the rest of the outline to help them know how to decorate each individual banner appropriately. The banners help decorate the church, help our MC to be able to review each day with the children, let parents see what we’re learning, remind the kids of what they’ve learned and give them a glimpse of what’s still ahead. The woman who heads these up, also teaches the children’s class during our mid-week Bible study, so she involves the church kids in making the banners. She is very creative and we have had all sorts of things hanging from the ceiling- from suitcases to horses to “barbed wire” fences made from swimming pool noodles to bees and wanted posters.
The outline is our way of encouraging people to use their talents and come up with great ideas while keeping it unified for the clear proclamation of the Gospel and the good of the children. VBS has given our teens and adults the chance to work together in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. So if you choose to try our programs, use the outline to see what your unique group of believers can do to reach the children in your own special community for Christ.
- "Odyssey in Outer Space" Outline